Transitional Kindergarten


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

RELIGION
  • Loyola Press: God Made the World
    • God’s unending love for us will be made apparent through Bible stories, songs, skits, and traditional prayers.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
  • ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards
    • Encompasses Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • Star Fall and ABC Mouse: differentiated learning using technology
    • Handwriting Without Tears
    • Teacher Created Materials are used to incorporate Language Arts skills across the curriculum.  Children will be given the foundation of Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary Development, Reading Fluency (oral reading skills), and Reading Comprehension strategies in order to prepare them for Kindergarten. 
 
MATHEMATICS
  • Guiding Kinders Math Workshop
  • Math Program aligned to the Common Core Math Standards
    • TK students will develop Number Sense, Representation, Spatial Sense, Measurement, Estimation, Patterns, and Problem Solving skills.  Students learn through free exploration of manipulatives and structured math instruction.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Scholastic: Let’s Find Out
    • Positive Peer Relationships
    • School Rules
    • Holiday Celebrations
    • Fire Safety
    • Community Helpers
    • Self and Family
 
SCIENCE
  • Scholastic: Let’s Find Out
  • NGSS Aligned Curriculum
    • Life Cycle of Plants and Animals
    • Farm Life
    • Weather
    • Seasons
    • Health/Nutrition

 

ENRICHMENT CURRICULUM

 
FIELD TRIPS
  • Tanaka Farms
  • Amy’s Farm
  • Retreat at St. Catherine of Siena Church
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • Movement Concepts
  • Locomotor Movement
  • Flexibility
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Rhythmic Skills
  • Fitness
  • Social Skills
  • Healthy Living
  • Aerobic Capacity
 
ART
  • Use lines, shapes/forms, and colors to make patterns.
  • Paint pictures expressing ideas about family and neighborhood, environment and express feelings.
  • Discuss their own works of art, using appropriate art vocabulary (e.g., line color, shape/form, texture). Name art materials.
  • Geometric shapes in art to create larger images.
  • Sculpture – clay, mixed media and costumes.
  • Some Projects Include:
    • Self Portraits- Painting
    • Human Forms: Collage
    • Scarecrows: Assemblage
    • Clay Pinch Pots
    • Clay Christmas Ornaments
    • Nutcracker Assemblage/Construction
    • Angels-Painting
    • Owls-painting with primary colors to make neutrals
    • Valentine Clay project
    • Spring-Patterns in nature
    • Printmaking – Collagraph
    • Oil Pastels, tempera paint, watercolor paint, textures
 
MUSIC
  • School-wide participation in the Pacific Symphony Class Act program

 

SPANISH
  • Learn basic listening/speaking skills
  • Basic vocabulary concepts include: Greeting, stating your name, classroom objects, numbers 1-15, colors, days of the week, directions, animals, adjectives, body parts, clothing, family, community, food and feelings.
TECHNOLOGY
  • Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship — Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Networking
    • TK children will have opportunities to use IPads and PC’s to develop mouse and keyboarding skills. Children will demonstrate their creativity through these digital technologies.